fun with my family

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welcome.  slow down. enjoy.  A delicious cake consists of plain flour, raw eggs, bitter baking powder, messy oil and sweet sugar, but it adds up to a beautiful treat to be savored.

Thursday
Apr112013

weedville around here

we all have better things to do than pull weeds.  after the last rain, we had a million pop up between bricks, on rock walls, even through our fake grass lawn~  I have tried everything.  paying the neighborhood kids +my own to pull them (at 50 cents a weed, they took me to the bank), pulling them out myself, chopping at them with whatever toy is lying around.....but they always come back.  I was reluctant to use a proper weed killer because i know they are bad for the environment.  (Pesticides and weed killers are partially responsible for the recent decimation of the bee population & since we have a bee hive- I couldn't do that to them!).

In case you are in the same boat: I will pass on a great all natural weed killing recipe.

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar

tbsp. dish soap

tsp.  salt

1 1/2 c. water

add it all together in a spray bottle and spray away~super easy!

they die almost instantly!  

from this:

to this:

 

happy weeding!

 

Monday
Apr082013

another spring break gone

with two teenagers in the house, i cherish every moment with them, knowing they have one foot out the door :(((((

this year, we were so lucky to be able to to to Canada to ski at Whistler Mountain.   We had so much fun.  It wasn't the skiing necesarily, although my son and husband loved it.  It wasn't the wonderful experiences we had (dogsledding & bungee jumping(!))  It was truly, just the ability to be with each other all day every day for a week.

  Some of my favorite parts of our trip, were when we just sat around and laughed at bad tv.  Or when we rearranged the hotel furniture, or when we played april fool jokes on passers by.  It wasn't all perfect, there were a few arguments here and there, but I still loved it all.  Just time to be together.

Coincidentally, the day we got home, my friend sent me this video, describing this very same thing.

THE GIFT OF AN ORDINARY DAY

try not to cry:)

The Gift Of An Ordinary Day from Katrina Kenison on Vimeo.

 

Monday
Feb252013

happy monday!!

good morning!

are you swamped with kid activities right now? we are under water with science fair projects around here:

speaking of, how cool is this?!

or this!

or this?!

super cool stuff!

Tuesday
Jan292013

it's fun to make something special for breakfast on the weekends; especially when the kids have had a sleepover.  but when you forget to buy the ingredients or don't have to time to make something special; it's nice to know how to fake it!

I always try to have a roll of crescent dough on hand for this very purpose~  Here is an easy recipe for magic cinnamon rolls:

cream together 6 tbs softened butter with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugarspread butter/sugar mix evenly onto triangles. roll up and bake with tip side down for 10-12 miin a pre-heated 350 degree oven.for glaze: mix 2 tbs melted butter with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla; pour into a ziplock bag and snip the tip off the bottom when ready to glaze rolls.watch them disappear like magic!

Wednesday
Jan232013

getting cozy

winter is here...I think the bears have the right idea.  i vote for mandatory hibernation.   who wouldn't want to get cozy in one of these rooms and read all winter long?

So ecclectic and interesting....might be slightly chilly for a proper hibernating experience...

 


This might be my favorite couch ever.  

 

 yes, secret door painted turquoise? They will never find me...

 

yes! now we're talking

 

interesting decor, but again, maybe too cold for hibernation..

 

hmmm, maybe we don't need to hibernate...this is so beautiful

 

I don't think I would ever leave that chair

 

where was I going again?

 


oh goodness, forget the library...now this is what I call hibernation!:)